Flying Blindby Michael Smerconish, Arlen Specter (Foreword by), Arlen Specter
Radio talk show host Michael Smerconish asks the question: In a post-9/11 world marked by constant threat of terrorism, why do the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration continue to jeopardize airline security by enforcing outdated screening regulations that cater to political correctness? The policy in question-disallowing
Radio talk show host Michael Smerconish asks the question: In a post-9/11 world marked by constant threat of terrorism, why do the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration continue to jeopardize airline security by enforcing outdated screening regulations that cater to political correctness? The policy in question-disallowing airline security screeners from using profiling to target young Arab males for secondary screening-goes against the basic police investigative strategy of using pertinent information to pinpoint suspects and prevent further terrorist attacks. The issue first came to light during the 9/11 Commission hearings, and Smerconish's investigation gets to the heart of it. Drawing from U.S. Government documents, testimony from the 9/11 hearings and the June 24, 2004 special Senate hearing, on-the-record conversations with major airline officials and government representatives from the TSA and the Pentagon, personal experience, and various news stories and first-person accounts, Smerconish weaves together a stunning portrait of our flawed and failing airline security structure, and offers a strong solution.Includes audio CD with testimony from the 9/11 Commission hearings, testimony from a special U.S. Senate hearing about airline security, and excerpts from Smerconish's radio program including conversations with 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and John McCain, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher, and more.
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What People are Saying About This
Michael Smerconish has produced a shocking, accurate and very readable contribution to the debate surrounding airport security.
Before you get on another airplane, read this book.
(Michelle Malkin, nationally syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times bestsellerInvasion)
Meet the Author
Michael A. Smerconish, Esq. hosts a daily morning-drive talk show in Philadelphia. He is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and has appeared on CNBC, O'Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Today.
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This amazing book is absolutely outstanding. it speaks the truth about how airlines must meet these 'PC Standards' while our lives are at risk. I fly alot, and all the time I see these ridiculous random checks going on in airport terminals. Do not get on an airplane without reading this book. As a matter of fact, bring it with you and show it off if you can.
In this post 9/11 world, Michael Smerconish tells it like it is. The U.S. and the rest of the world is at war with a radical element, but refuse to take the steps necessary to protect our way of life. Great book, great author and a timely expose on what the U.S. government is NOT doing to protect its citizens.
Michael has put his reputation on the line with this book. The initial critisism will be that he wants to profile all Middle Eastern men and to detain them for additional questioning. Please read the book! Michael only wants the security forces guarding our airports to just take those characteristics into account when evaluating potential terrorists. Let's not be afraid to recognize the commonalities of the hijackers of all the airlines in the last 50 years. Way to go Michael!
The book is a quick yet informative read and is all backed up by numerous government documents and codes (many of which are reproduced in the appendix). Overall, the book¿s best attribute is that it stands as a call to action for people who are fed up with the lack of common sense in government. If we ever want to win the war on terror, we are going to have to stop worrying about offending a few people and start worrying about protecting everyone. Michael Smerconish addresses this issue and says what many Americans have been thinking¿political correctness has to go.
Though I consider myself a moderate to liberal Democrat and very pro-civil liberties, this book strikes a very disturbing chord as to how political correctness can be harmful to one's health. Michael Smerconish's premise is powerful and logical. I do not consider this an ideological diatribe, rather is is a cohesive, well reasoned argument that should be embraced by President Bush and Senator Kerry before it is too late.
I am an avid listener of Michael radio show each morning. He's got a great insight into today's political correctness run amuck. No doubt will this book be another testiment to a fine individual with carefully crafted thoughts on today's challenges. And this specific issue, Michael presents his opinions with the strongest of conviction and care for the future of America. My only question is 'when will Michael run for a public office?' I don't consider myself a conservative, but I'll fight to be the first one to vote for him!